Dragon’s Dawn (Book 1): First Light

Prologue: Darkness Descends

It has been several millennia since Demon Slayers left japan and ventured to the other corners of the earth. Some have settled in America, others in different parts of Europe, and others in Africa and some parts of central and south America. It is in the new country of Sylverant that our story begins however. The capital city of Durham, a lovely city and just about the most gorgeous city one could lay eyes on. Sylverant had plenty of crops, mineral resources, oil, technology, and even precious metals like gold if one so desired. The city had stone and marble buildings from its European heritage, while also having buildings resembling that of most Asian cities.

The year is 2224, exactly 200 years since the civil war in japan. We see the city is bustling with activity this particular morning and a young couple is helping guide visitors around the city. This young couple is of course Derek and Katsura Dragonblade, they have been married for a few years and are tourist guides. While they don have the most glamorous job in the world, they learned to enjoy it because they get to meet so many new people. Their job does pay well enough to provide for their 3 young children at home. They have a flame haired, 4 year old, a 3 and a half year old ginger, and a fuchsia pink haired newborn baby girl. Normally, two boys and a girl wouldn be easy to leave behind at the house while they worked. They did have a friend who was great with kids and was the wife of Reynar Tokyoheim, one of Dereks friends from his days in the army as a teenager. This friend was Yang Lyn, Reynars wife. Although she was younger than Derek and Katsura, she knew how to handle kids well enough. Whenever Max and Colbert would get into trouble and break something, she would kindly scold them not unlike a mother would. Shed rough house with them because well.. They were boys, played guns with them, and just did anything to keep them entertained. When it would be time to check on baby mist however, she would just give them some books to read.

Of course these books almost always were superhero books, those were their favorites. Books about the famous superman and batman were their two favorites. Even though they knew the characters weren real and were fictional, they couldn help but wonder if someday they could be like that too someday and somehow. ”Big brother? ”, Colbert asked. ”Yes Colby, what is it?, ” Max asked in response. ”You think we can be heroes like Superman and Batman someday?, ” Colbert asked curiously. Max thought about it for a split second before answering as nicely as his four year old mind could put it into words. ”Of course we will. And when we do, well be able to save people from baddies as much as we want!, ” Max answered. This seemed to satisfy the three and a half year old as he went back to reading his book. Unbeknownst to them, Yang Lyn was watching them while holding baby mist. She smiled having heard their conversation, they were good kids. They could be a little mischievous at times, but they were well behaved for the most part. She walked into the room to reveal herself and get them to bed as it was getting to be rather late. ”Alright you two, time to go take a nap. I don want you two to be crazy when your mommy and daddy get home, they will have had a long day at work already by the time they get home., ” Yang Lyn said. The two boys nodded and went to go take their naps, despite not wanting to. They knew better than to get their babysitter angry, besides they didn want to make her mad. They liked her and would rather be on her good side if at all possible.

Evening was fast approaching when the dragonblades boss came up to them and released them to go home. He knew that they had young kids at home so he wasn going to keep them any later than need be. Both husband and wife thanked their boss and began the walk home to their children. While they were walking though, Derek had this nagging feeling that something really bad was about to happen soon. Katsura felt it as well and began to worry for their kids, so both hastened their pace to get home as quickly as possible. ”Elohim, what are you trying to tell us?, ” Derek thought. Katsura got the answer from Elohim when he told her that their whole world was about to be turned upside down. He gave her a vision of what would happen, what she saw in her vision was terrible. In her vision, everything was on fire. People were running for their lives from shadowy beings cloaked in darkness, they looked big but when she saw their true form.. they were only about half the size of a normal human. These things were little imps! However the humans fear of them was making them bigger and stronger than they really were. There was death everywhere, no one was safe. And what was worse, people were even getting possessed by these things and turning on each other! Just as soon as the vision came, it ended. When asked if she was ok, Katsura assured her husband that she was fine and that Elohim had shown her what was about to happen if they didn escape with their kids.

While Durham was a beautiful city filled to the brim with wealth and prosperity, there was another side of it too. A darker side of the city existed as well. This side of the city was filled to the brink with corruption, racism, infighting, gang wars, god and devil worship, cults, and every other vile thing one could think of. At night, it was especially bad. This particular night is when something changed.. and for the worst. The sky suddenly became darker than normal and clouds spiraled overhead, like a storm was brewing. A sudden flash of lightning and the sky tore open, revealing shadowy figures with beady red eyes cloaked in darkness. A particularly large black shadowed being went into a man who looked like he was a drug lord.

The man ceased to be and became darkness incarnate, the evil lord of hell or otherwise known as Purgatory; Hades. This man became the temporary vessel for Hades, Demon Lord of Purgatory, the demon of all demons. His name was Tengu Sylverant. Fifteen other beings descended with him, these were his higher ranked underlings. Tenguu ordered his followers to set fire to Durham and to terrorize the people, not that they hadn already done that. The people became terrified and began to riot, causing mass chaos throughout the city. He called over one of his demons and gave him a mission. He was aware of a certain prophecy that a descendant of the father of all demon slayers would rise up and defeat him; he wanted his underling to kill the child before that happened. The other demon nodded and took off to complete the job that he was assigned while all of the underworld broke loose in Durham.

Derek and Katsura arrived back home to see their kids already in bed and sleeping, it was late when they got home so they were grateful to Yang Lyngh for getting their children into the bed. She and Reynar could tell that there was something on the young parents minds, so they decided to talk it out and voice their concerns. Derek and Katsura told their friends about the nagging feeling they had that something really bad was about to happen, they figured that it must have been Elohim warning them. This is when Katsura decided to let the cat out of the bag and tell them of the vision Elohim showed to her, which was something not even her husband knew of. To say the others were surprised would be an understatement, they were mortified at what the vision entailed. At the same time they knew that if they didn do something, many people would die. Death was inevitable for people going forward, due to the conflict that was soon to break loose in the city. They understood that, but it still made them sad that so many lives would be lost to something they couldve avoided had mankind not indulged in their dark and evil desires. But that wasn what

summoned creatures of the underworld to the living plain, it was mans worship of the occult and sadly of demons themselves. Knowing that a very daunting task was ahead of them, the four sought Elohim for guidance.

Katsura suddenly felt a very dark presence approaching their home, she couldn tell what it was exactly. The only thing she did know was that it was pure evil, like it was darkness incarnate. ”Dear, theres something approaching the children and I don think its good. It feels cold and dark, like it can swallow a person whole and corrupt them if they don know how to fight it., ” Katsura told her husband. Dereks face warped into a dark scowl, a sign that he could feel whatever was approaching was demonic. He wasn sure how he knew that it was demonic, but he just did. Perhaps it was Elohim giving him discernment, either way he had to get to his kids and fast. Yang Lyn and Reynar saw the look in the eyes and the four adults went to quickly check on the dragonblade couples children. Just as they got there, Katsura rushed in and grabbed both mist (their newborn) and Colbert. Derek was about to rush in to grab max when he saw ”Him ”. A tall figure dressed in strange armor that was pitch black with red stripes from the neck down to his feet.

The most prominent features about this being were the two small horns protruding from his head and the beady red eyes. This being was holding a dark colored blade high over his head as if he was ready to plunge it into the chest of the frightened flame haired toddler. The young toddler wanted to run, but his legs wouldn let him move. He was too scared to move an inch, so he looked to his father with a frightened and tear filled face that just screamed the words, help me daddy! The dark being smirked as the tip of the blade glistened in the moonlight that came in through the windows. ”Say Goodnight, brat!, ” the being shouted. However when the man brought the blade down to kill the frightened toddler, an invisible force blocked the blade from penetrating its target. It was like the sword had hit an invisible wall made of the hardest metal known to man, because the blade never pierced the toddlers flesh. Instead of hitting its target, a flame colored dome of energy surrounded the toddler and protected him. Not only did it protect him, the object meant to cause the young child harm shattered upon impact with the dome of energy. The mans eyes widened in shock, he wasn expecting that to happen. It was no matter, a minor setback and nothing more. His hand then morphed into an ugly clawed hand that looked like it had thorns protruding from the sides of it, he tried again. However, he only succeeded in hitting the dome when he reached to choke the boy. After struggling against the force of the dome, some runes activated on it and threw the man onto his back.

The assailant got up and he was quite angry, though you couldn immediately tell by how far away he was. Before the man could rush towards the boy again, Derek appeared from seemingly out of nowhere and was able to deliver a powerful kick to the mans gut to send him tumbling through the side of the house.

Derek was able to pick up his frightened 4 year old son and flee their home with his wife, children, and their two friends. The four stopped momentarily to check if they were being followed, when they saw no one was pursuing them they were relieved. Now calm, the 4 adults with three children in company continued on. They continued to walk towards the city so they could see what they were dealing with. However, when they got to the city, it was in utter chaos. It was like something out of a nightmare, the city itself was on fire. On top of the city burning, there were lifeless bodies everywhere. It had looked like they were impaled by sharp objects or rather something… came out of them and it left their body in tatters. The worst part was the smell, it was like sulfur and charred flesh. The smell alone was almost enough to make them gag, fortunately the four adults covered their noses and mouths with some spare respirator masks that the dragonblades had.

When they saw all the death and destruction in the city, they almost puked inside their masks more than a few times. Fortunate

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